Travel

On the road again

By on October 3, 2016

A very long couple of travel days and I have arrived at my rest place before the next tour.  5 nights of beach time!

It took me 12 hours of flights, a 6 hour middle of the night layover and a 2 hour taxi ride to get to the hotel.  I don’t even know what time it is or should be anymore.

The Doha airport is the nicest BY A LONG SHOT airport I've ever been. It's like a luxury shopping mall that's open 24 hours.

The Doha airport is the nicest BY A LONG SHOT airport I’ve ever been. It’s like a luxury shopping mall that’s open 24 hours.

Bentota Beach, Sri Lanka

The first thing I do is open up my currency converter and hit the bank machine to grab some local currency.  I had to type in the numbers twice as $200CAD is equivalent to 22,000 Sri Lankan rupees.  I thought I was rich before!

At the food stand in the parking lot outside the airport, I grabbed a big water and an unknown sandwich type item.  I handed him a 1000 and he gave me back 830.  This means the water and sandwich cost me $1.16 CAD

In case you can't tell, the driver is on the other side of the car. I was a totally calm and not freaked out backseat driver.

In case you can’t tell, the driver is on the other side of the car. I was a totally calm and not freaked out backseat driver.

New language time. I'm sure I won't say Merci or get anything confused. Ciao.

New language time. I’m sure I won’t say Merci or get anything confused. Ciao.

During my long commute, I was reflecting on the very busy month that I shared with Tom. I was also thinking about how my Dad might send me some signs that he is with me.  Or I was wondering if I’ve been too busy to notice any signs…

I showed up to my hotel on the beach.  I booked a nice mid range place on the beach and the cheapest room.  They showed me to my room and that’s when I noticed this:

BOOM. Just like that this shows up on my beach. Actually there are 2 of them working here.

BOOM. Just like that this shows up on my beach. Actually there are 2 of them working here.

90% of the beach is being dug up to install a dam of some sort for protection against a tsunami. ‘Don’t worry,’ he says, ‘they only work from 8am til 6pm.’

Really Dad?  Talk about showing up in a huge way.

So I thought, WWDD (what would dad do).  I headed over to the manager and asked for a room upgrade to the beach front cabanas. They didn’t want to do it at first, but eventually I was able to convince them.

Gorgeous new room with beachfront view. I'll probably use those mosquito net thingys tonight.

Gorgeous new room with beachfront view. I’ll probably use those mosquito net thingys tonight.

The outdoor shower. Not pictured the outdoor toilet and sink. Sounds terrible but is luxury

The outdoor shower. Not pictured the outdoor toilet and sink. Sounds terrible but is luxury.  Other room did not have these things. 

They have a sister hotel a couple doors down and I can sit at their beach and by their pool with no issue. So it’s only a small inconvenience and this new room is awesome!

Also, it’s 32 degrees and 80% humidity. Imagine my hair.

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12 Comments
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    Mom

    October 3, 2016

    Oh my! Your Dad is good! Love that story – your Dad would be happy you went for the upgrade. Hope you enjoy your beach time there. Stay safe! Love you!

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      Auntie Sheila

      October 3, 2016

      Yes, I think when you are visioning Dad, well, there he is. What an awesome site to see.

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    Auntie Sheila

    October 3, 2016

    So proud of you on your own! It must be a little scary. When you say 32*, I’m thinking cold, since I’m not sure where you are in altitude. You are in areas I’m not even aware existed. whoa is me. So, sounds hot, you have humidity unbelievable. I understand they have sand storms – yanno, watching Tina Fey’s recent movie. Your scarf should come in handy. I’m homesick already for you. But, more adventures tomorrow. Stay out of the Zika thingie…

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      Auntie Sheila

      October 3, 2016

      Can you send us a map with red markers about where you’ve been and where you plan to g next?

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        Kerri

        October 3, 2016

        Hi Auntie, there is a page on my blog called where in the world. It has it all listed there.

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    Kim (Lolita)

    October 3, 2016

    Yup! Backhoes/equipment…..for sure that is your dad! ?
    Smart thinking on the room upgrade!! I think I would of been too tired to think of that. Awesome score!!

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    Beck

    October 4, 2016

    Love it Kerri! Dad really had mastered the signs of letting us know he’s with us!! And awesome score on the room upgrade!!!

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    Donna

    October 4, 2016

    It’s good that you’ve booked in several rest days after all the busy days with Tom and the gruelling travel to get to Sri Lanka. Yep, you just wanted a small sign from your dad, and he responded in a big way.

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    Aunty Sheryl

    October 4, 2016

    So glad you made it safe & sound Kerri ? enjoy your beach/pool time before going onto your next big adventure. Now I must say I think you did a great job upgrading your room ? your dad would be proud ? but I also know that had it been him he would most likely have worked his way over to that sister hotel with the best room in the house – and the bathroom would have 4 walls, a door, and a roof ? For sure he’s with you always in spirit ? but I still want you keep your guard up at “all times” and keep in touch “daily” ??

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    Annette

    October 4, 2016

    Ha! That is a helluva a sign but we wouldn’t expect anything less! Way to upgrade your room too! Enjoy some recharge time!

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    gtk

    October 4, 2016

    That’s awesome bud. And way to go Doug, nice sign! Take care, enjoy your next phase.

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    Tom

    October 4, 2016

    I am now one of your faithful readers anxiously awaiting the next exciting and hilarious post. And of course you saved the upgrade mojo for when I was gone as I would have talked us into the TukTuk garage! Go get em KD.

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